Dr. Dacso is the Chair ad interim of the Department of Global Health and Emerging Diseases and an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as Director of Academic Partnership for the UTMB Center for Global and Community Health and as the Director of the 4-year Global Health Scholarly Concentration in the John Sealy School of Medicine. He is a general internist and global health practitioner who has extensive field experience forming partnerships with institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean that are rooted in relationships, respect, and reciprocity. He has participated in capacity-strengthening initiatives in the areas of clinical care, medical education, One Health, and emerging pathogens research. To this end, he currently serves as principal investigator for a collaborative multidisciplinary research initiative in the Dominican Republic focused on characterizing the epidemiology, clinical features, and vector ecology surrounding acute undifferentiated febrile illnesses, specifically centered on emerging and re-emerging arboviral pathogens.
As a clinician, he provides care in the outpatient primary care clinics as well as the inpatient teaching service. He is the Education and Training Lead for the Special Pathogens Excellence in Clinical Treatment, Readiness, and Education (SPECTRE) program and an active member of the Biocontainment Care Unit response team. He is also a member of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, a Faculty Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, and a member of both Alpha Omega Alpha and the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health.